Cardiac Hill has a good essay on West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's wild comments about WVU not being an elite program, and about how more than 45,000 people should turn out to watch WVU play a MAC team in bad weather. If you haven't seen his comments, there's a video after the jump. Anson at Cardiac Hill is right to note that one of the really wild things about them is exactly how long he goes on without any apparent regret.
Anyway, another weird aspect of the situation is the comparison of WVU to LSU. LSU is an SEC team, and recent internet rumors have connected WVU to the SEC. Here's what Holgorsen has to say about LSU.
"The funny part about it, we're all talking two weeks ago about how much difference the crowd's going to make to the LSU people. Well, LSU played well in front of 62,000 of our people and then turned around and went home and played a 1-4 Kentucky team at noon and had 95,000 people there. You want to talk about an elite program, that's one. I don't know about this place."
Now, aside from this being a really intense thing for a coach to say about a school where he just took a job, there's also the fact that Holgorsen himself is saying that West Virginia doesn't really stack up against a top SEC team. Now, obviously, he's got a point, as far as that goes, but I can't help but wonder if this is something he would say if West Virginia really were headed to the SEC, or if there were any chance of that happening in the near future.
And, as Cardiac Hill points out, do WVU fans really want to be lectured like this? 45,000 people to see Bowling Green may not be LSU-like, but it really isn't that bad.